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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 4-6: Volumes 4, 5, and 6 (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire #2)

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The first three volumes of Gibbon's DECLINE AND FALL (the western empire) were published by Everyman in 1993. Volumes 4-6 complete the set which is now available for the first time in many years. This year is the bicentenary of Gibbon's death, which has been widely noticed in the press, but even after two hundred years his book is still an authoritative work on Roman histo ...more
Hardcover, 1952 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Everyman's Library
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Oct 24, 2007 marked it as to-read
Last year I read about 1/3 of the total bulk. I need to hew off another chunk. This morning I've been worshipping a first edition, and it is probably the most beautiful book I've ever handled (Hume likened Strahan, his own and Gibbon's publisher, to learned printers of the Renaissance like Manutius), the perfect form in which to read him (a substantial quarto with expanses of white space, and huge Baskerville type channeling the elegance of Grandjean's Imprimerie Royale). When it comes to Gibbon ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Few new things can be offered by a review of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. This is the definition of a magisterial work. As a history it is epic, for its time, original and enormously well researched. Gibbon’s now imperfect facts remain insightfully rendered into a beautifully articulated narrative across almost two millennia. This is a work of timeless literature and timeless commentary.

I would attempt to draw new readers with accolades of the under discussed sections on the foundation
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The weakest half, but still amazing. Volumes 1 - 6 = 3585 pages, and I can't think of more than 200 that I would have preferred to have skipped. There was some drudgery with the minor, post Constantine emperors. I was also not as excited by the HRE sections as I was by the sections on the Rise of Islam, the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, and the Crusades. Those sections alone are why I rated the second half 5 stars and not 4. Anyway, a fantastic read. Ironic to finish it right after S&P lowers ...more
Stuart Dean
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
More properly called The Decline and Fall of the Byzantine Empire. Rome is rarely mentioned until the latter part of the 6th book. Even the Goths and Franks who occupied Rome chose to settle their empire in Milan or Ravenna. Rome is just a shadow until Constantine comes to power and the beginnings of the Popes legitimizing emperors with the crown gives it a newfound power. Until the Papal States come into being the most important thing to happen I Rome is when it is besieged and taken four times ...more
I picked up volumes 1-3 in one of those little cases at a steep discount when Borders went out of business. I'm a lot more used to reading texts in old vernaculars since 2011, so I think I got more out of the second half. The first half dealt mainly with the fall of the western empire. The second deals with a sprawling range of things, but the main connecting thread is the Byzantine Empire, which like a lot of nerds I have a childhood affection for.

You don't really read historians like Gibbon fo
and now we're off the rails. second half of this text is all over the place, which lengthy entries on various non-roman groups in the era when the 'roman' world is constricted to the eastern empire alone, which ran down to the nub in the early 13th century, puffed up again, and then died in a blaze of glory when the city of men's desires succumbed to its (approximately) 200th siege by surly nomadic pastoralists.
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Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A true masterpiece written by the famous British historian.
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Too dense for me
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This is worth reading just for the sheer scope. I enjoy that all his references are in the original languages. The man was some kind of savant.
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What will I do with the rest of my life?
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Edward Gibbon (8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.

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